Watching sports has always been a social thing for me rather than something that intrinsically interests me – with a few exceptions. The World Cup would be one of those exceptions. Other than the match I saw in person in Kiev last September (a World Cup qualifying match), I had never watched an entire soccer game until this World Cup.
The first thing that struck me from the three games I watched was how weenie these men are! I used to think pro baseball players were the biggest sports weenies around, but these soccer twerps make baseball players look like hockey players by comparison. Sure, acting like you’re hurt stops the clock and gives everyone a rest. It also fools the referee, and sometimes you score on the resulting penalty kick. So this is how I understand it: If you want to win at soccer, either be a real weenie or act like one.
Soccer is my favorite sport to play (or at least was when I had knees that could play it), so I came expecting to like it. I liked it, but I was surprised. I can understand why Americans prefer [American] football. Even baseball is better than soccer in this regard; if you aren’t a real man you can take steroids to become one. The goal is being a stronger man – not a bigger weenie.
The other surprise was Zinedine Zidane’s head butt to Italy’s Marco Materazzi. Who saw that coming?? That bit of real drama made up for all the other acting during the rest of the game!
Thanks, Rob, for the pointer to this clip: